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Dancing the Niska-Day away

Town pride to shine at 31st Niska-Day with food, fun and a side of grout

Photo by John Purcell.

— “It is a very high tech and interesting piece of equipment in the town,” McGraw said.

Of course, the event will once again end with a bang, boom and explosive finale.

“I always look forward to the fireworks at the end of the day,” Landry said.

Longtime commitment — lasting memories

Once again, two familiar faces are co-chairing the event committee: William Leader and his wife, Denise. The couple has chaired the committee for 10 years in a row, but they also chaired Niska-Day 13 to 18. The 31-member committee is a part of the Niskayuna Community Action Program (N-CAP), who hosts and organizes the event.

“We thoroughly enjoy it,” William, or “Bill,” Leader said. “It is a great group of people to work with and lead. They all know what their responsibilities are.”

The most enjoyable part about the process, William Leader said, is just being able to “sit back” and watching the community enjoy the event.

“As Denise says, it is the best day of the year,” he said.

McGraw commended the couple for their long commitment to the event.

“This event is a true testament to Bill and Denise Leader,” McGraw said. “For them to have chaired this event for all these years … it is a labor of love. They just do it because they believe in it. It is civic leadership at its finest.”

William Leader said he is now starting to see people that came as kids coming to the event with their kids, with others becoming active on the event committee.

McGraw said she has heard of college students coming back to their hometown of Niskayuna and planning their weekend around the event. Also, she also enjoys seeing high school students eager to get to the fairgrounds.

“Those are memories you are going to have for the rest of your life,” she said.

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